Kohn Pedersen Fox has been designing what if built will be one of the tallest towers in Manhattan, a 461 metre tall structure, that harks back to the glory days of New York towers thanks to its soaring spire.
Named One Vanderbilt, the project is to stand on at the southern end of Vanderbilt Avenue next to East 42nd Street in the Big Apple's mid-town. The area is a prime spot only a few metres from the Metlife Building, Chrysler Building, and New York Public Library.
The project is being developed by SL Green Realty Corporation who have managed to acquire an entire block next door to Grand Central Terminal. Unfortunately for the developer there is presently a limit on the amount of space that can be built on the site - roughly 120,000 square metres but with something more ambitious in mind they are looking to increase it to about 180,000 square metres.
The KPF design features a sharply tapering building with a series of set backs at its upper levels and a spire on the top. These upper levels, rather than offices, will employ a series of observation floors and the facilities to service them such as access via express elevators, an interactive exhibition, a bar, and roof terrace.
At ground level the tower exposes its structural columns to allow the pavement space to expand around it and seamless pedestrian connections with Grand Central Station next door. There will also be links that go straight from the base of the building to the planned East Side metro project that is being constructed under Grand Central.
If the project gets the green light construction could begin in 2015 and the building will be ready for opening in 2020.